The Little Village School

Written by Gervase Phinn


She was wearing red shoes! With silver heels!

Elisabeth Devine causes quite a stir on her arrival in the village. No one can understand why the head of a big inner city school would want to come to sleepy little Barton-in-the-Dale, to a primary with more problems than school dinners. And that’s not even counting the challenges the mysterious Elisabeth herself will face: a bitter former head teacher, a grumpy caretaker and a duplicitous chair of governors, to name but a few. Then there’s the gossip. After all, a woman who would wear red shoes to an interview is obviously capable of anything . . .

Warm, funny and poignant, Gervase Phinn’s first novel for adults creates a fictional world that’s as real as can be. It will delight all his fans, and win him many more.




An Enjoyable, Easy Read!    4 stars


Looking for something different to read while enjoying a blog break, my fingers clicked on this book. What a lovely read!

The village school in Barton-on-the-Dale is looking for a new head teacher; among the varied applicants is Elisabeth Devine who, by the way of her shoes, finds herself the subject of village gossip. Who ever heard of a school teacher wearing red shoes with silver heels? Surely she can’t possibly be head teacher material?

I’m not a great fan of tv soaps; I much prefer to find mine in a book or on the radio. This is an absolute joy to read, and a definite insight into the mind of a teacher who is in the right career. Well-constructed and deliciously enjoyable, this is a perfect holiday read. The characters are true to life and the author must have a keen eye to bring together such realistic and entertaining characters. I have so many favourites in this novel that I really couldn’t pick one – to me they are all terrific! The village is reminiscent of all small communities around the country with residents from all walks of life. The only thing which could improve this book would be if it was part of a series so I’m delighted that there are more to come! Already on my wish list and I look forward to having the chance to slot them into my reading list.

If you want an enjoyable, easy read which you can sink into without having to work at keeping track of who’s who and what’s going on, then I would heartily recommend this one. I am excited to have received a book of this quality for free on kindle from Amazon.


Tags: humour, village life



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1024 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: Reprint – 7 July 2011
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


51Gi3JyPUeL._SY200_Gervase Phinn is a teacher, freelance lecturer, author, poet, school inspector, educational consultant and visiting professor of education – but none of these is more important than his family.

For fourteen years he taught in a range of schools, then acted as General Adviser for Language Development in Rotherham before moving on to North Yorkshire, where he spent ten years as a school inspector. He holds five fellowships, honorary doctorates from Hull, Leicester and Sheffield Hallam universities, and is a patron of a number of children’s charities and educational organizations.




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